About the Author

Patrick Campanale


When I’m not working on building custom computers or fixing phones, I love to write about technology. I’m always looking out for the best deal on any tech I can get my hands on, so one day I decided, “Why not write about it?!” You can follow me on Twitter or Instagram @pcamp96, though I’m way more active on Twitter. If you’ve got a tip to an awesome deal, go ahead and drop me a line at patrick@9to5mac.com!

Patrick Campanale's Favorite Gear


If you have an Xbox One, then you’ve likely seen the Elite Controller. I have an Elite Controller and it’s one of my favorite ways to enjoy Microsoft’s console, but that might soon change. Scuf has been making controllers for a while now, and I’ve got just about every one of those, too. The Vantage for PS4 is a great way to enjoy Sony’s console with a lack of professional controllers there, but what about Xbox? Though Microsoft has the Elite Controller, the brand-new Scuf Prestige could dethrone it as the best way to interact with the Xbox One.

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Add ambiance to any room w/ a 7-10 pound Himalayan salt lamp for just $10 at Walmart

Walmart is offering a 7-10 Pound Himalayan Natural Glow Pink Salt Lamp for $9.99 with free in-store pickup. No-cost delivery is included on orders of $35 or more. For comparison, 8-11 pound models go for around $20 at Amazon and this is among the best pricing we’ve tracked historically. I love the look of salt lamps. From the subtle glow to no lamp being having an identical counterpart, these unique lights are perfect for any space. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

expiredNever have a dirty device again w/ PhoneSoap 3.0, now $35 Prime shipped (Reg. $60+)

Today only, Woot is offering the PhoneSoap 3.0 Cell Phone Sanitizer for $34.99 Prime shipped. Non-Prime members will be charged $6 for delivery. Normally $60 or more depending on the color you choose, this beats our last mention of $38 and is the lowest price we’ve tracked. Your smartphone is probably quite dirty. I mean, think about it, when was the last time you properly washed it… Well, PhoneSoap 3.0 is here to save the day, as it uses UV lights to sanitize your smartphone, removing 99.99% of germs. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

Garmin’s vívosmart HR+ activity tracker keeps tabs on swims, heart rate, & more for $93 (Reg. $100+)

Amazon offers the Garmin vívosmart HR+ Activity Tracker for $92.95 shipped. Originally $220, it generally goes for $100-$110 lately at Amazon and this is just $3 above its all-time low there. For further comparison, our last mention was $50, but that was for refurbished condition, not brand-new. This activity tracker keeps tabs not only on your steps but also heart rate, which is vital to knowing how many calories you’ve burned during workouts. Plus, the swim-friendly design means you’ll be able to easily keep track of you water adventures, too. Rated 3.7/5 stars.

Protect your iPhone, Pixel, or Galaxy S10 w/ these budget-friendly cases for just $4

Ringke Official Store (98% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon is offering a number of smartphone cases for iPhone, Samsung, and more at $4 Prime shipped. Our favorite from the sale is the Dual-X for iPhone XS Max at $3.84 when the code ONDUUG8D is used at checkout. Regularly $16, this is among the best pricing we’ve tracked historically and is the lowest available. This case offers a red and black design that will protect your phone from drops and spills. Plus, you’ll be able to grip your iPhone much easier thanks to its rubber build. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

Just $20 gets you a HomeKit, Alexa, & Assistant smart Wemo light switch (Refurb, Orig. $50)

GeekDeal (99.2% positive lifetime feedback) via eBay Daily Deals is offering the HomeKit Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Light Switch for $19.99 shipped in manufacturer refurbished condition. Originally $50, Amazon now charges just over $40 and this is among the lowest pricing we’ve tracked historically. This smart switch is compatible with Apple HomeKit (Wemo bridge required), Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant smart home platforms, meaning that no matter what devices you have, you’ll be able to use voice control to command your lights. Plus, you can use the Wemo switch with existing multi-switch rocker plates, letting it drop right into your current setup. Rated 3.7/5 stars and ships with a 90-day warranty.

These LED bulbs have built-in motion sensors, are outdoor safe & automatically shut off for $10

Boxlood-Inc (96% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon offers a 2-pack of its Motion-sensing LED Light Bulbs for $10.19 Prime shipped when the code 40PZTQYA is used at checkout. Normally $17, this is among the best pricing we’ve tracked historically and is the lowest available. This light features a built-in motion sensor, making it perfect for closets or pantries, as it’ll turn itself off if no movement is detected. Plus, being LED, you’ll enjoy energy savings as well. Rated 4.4/5 stars.

Track your weight in Apple Health or Google Fit w/ this $30 Bluetooth smart scale

mozdius (100% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon is offering the Arborleaf Bluetooth-enabled Smart Scale with Apple Health for $29.99 shipped when you use the code 25ARBORLEAF at checkout. Normally $40, this is among the best pricing we’ve tracked historically and is the lowest available. I have an Apple Health-enabled scale personally and absolutely love it for the simplicity of tracking my weight and other bodily measurements. This scale will connect to your iPhone over Bluetooth and automatically record the information in the Health app. Or, if you have Android, it will integrate with Google Fit. Rated 4.8/5 stars.

For Memorial Day, A number of retailers are offering discounts on Nest branded smart home products. Leading the way is BuyDig via eBay Daily Deals with the Nest Secure Smart Alarm System for $299 shipped. Also available at Best Buy, BuyDig direct, Nest, Google Store, Walmart, Dell, PC Richard’s & Sons, Bloomingdales, and Kohl’s. Regularly $399, this is among the best pricing we’ve tracked in recent months. For comparison, the lowest we’ve seen is $250, but that was back in September of 2018. The Nest Secure Smart Alarm System ties in with the rest of your compatible smart home devices for an all-encompassing experience. Whether you have a Nest Thermostat (also on sale) or a Nest x Yale smart lock (see below for more details), the Nest Secure is a must-have for any smart home. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

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Laptop deals from $490: Acer Aspire 3 w/ Ryzen 7, MSI Raider RTX 2080, Dell G5, more

Newegg is offering the Acer Aspire 3 15.6-inch laptop with 2.2GHz Ryzen 7/8GB/256GB for $489.99 shipped. For comparison, Walmart lists it for around $775 and Amazon has it around $665, with this being one of the lowest prices we’ve tracked historically. Sporting a quad-core processor and speedy 256GB SSD, you’ll be able to accomplish your daily tasks at record speeds. Plus, the built-in HDMI output means you can easily hook up a secondary monitor for a more productive workflow. Rated 3.8/5 stars.

May 22

If you’re still using a 1080p TV or maybe a smaller 4K unit, upgrading might seem daunting. While some 65-inch 4K TVs can be quite expensive, Walmart aims to bring 4K to the masses with its new ONN brand. Walmart isn’t just focusing on 4K here, the shopping mega giant has its hands in multiple areas from 24-inch 720p displays all the way to 65-inch 4K. Keep reading to find out more.

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expiredProtect the latest iPhone XR/XS/Max, Galaxy S10/e/+, or Pixel 3/XL w/ these cases from $3

SF Planet (96% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon is offering a selection of Vena cases for the latest Apple, Samsung, and Google smartphones from $3 shippedNote: Make sure the item is not fulfilled by Amazon for the promotion to apply. Our top pick is the vCommute iPhone XS Max Wallet Case for $5.94 when the code LMHGG6BH is used at checkout. Regularly over $20, this is one of the best prices we’ve tracked historically and is the lowest available. This case will keep your expensive iPhone XS Max protected and safe while holding some credit cards and your license. You’ll be able to ditch the wallet or purse with this case, making it perfect for a night on the town. Rated 4.2/5 stars. Keep reading for more case deals.

Anker’s highly-rated Soundcore Flare Bluetooth speaker features 360-degree audio: $50 (Reg. $65)

AnkerDirect via Amazon is offering its Soundcore Flare Portable Bluetooth Speaker for $49.99 shipped when the code ILOVEFATHER is used at checkout. Normally $65, this is among the best pricing we’ve tracked historically and is the lowest available. Featuring RGB lighting around the bottom of this speaker, you’ll enjoy 360-degree sound for a room-filling experience. Plus, if you pick up two, you can connect them to the same Bluetooth source for stereo audio. Rated 4.9/5 stars.

This solar-powered string light set is perfect for outdoor gatherings at just $7 Prime shipped

Wetekcity Direct (98% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon is offering the AMIR Solar Powered String Lights for $6.99 Prime shipped when you use the code AMTOUT5M at checkout. Note: If your Amazon page defaults to the Lightning Deal, be sure to check “Regular Price” to redeem the promo code. Normally $10, this is one of the best prices we’ve tracked outside of a Lightning deal going on right now for $6.79 (which has since sold out). These lights are solar powered, meaning there’s no batteries or plugs required for illumination. That makes them perfect for lighting up your backyard or patio as setup will be drop-dead simple. Rated 3.8/5 stars.

Lift two screens off your desk w/ this dual monitor mount for $49.50 (Reg. $70)

HUANUO US (99% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon is offering its Dual Monitor Mount for $49.69 shipped when the code 7D2BT2FT is used at checkout. Normally $70, this is among the best pricing we’ve tracked historically and is the lowest available. A dual monitor mount like this is a must-have for more complex desk setups as it’ll let you easily enjoy a cleaned up workspace. With support for up to two 27-inch displays, this mount will make any desk look better. Rated 4.5/5 stars.

Onkyo’s 7.2-Ch. AirPlay & 4K Dolby Vision A/V receiver w/ gift card is down to $289 ($365 value)

Newegg Flash offers the Onkyo TX-NR585 7.2-Channel AirPlay-enabled A/V Receiver with a $15 Newegg gift card for $289 shipped. Normally, you’d pay $349 for the receiver at B&H or Best Buy with the gift card adding another $15 of value. With Apple’s AirPlay built-in, you can easily send photos or video from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac to your TV. Plus, it also sports Chromecast integration, meaning that you can Cast content from your Android or Windows PC just the same. Rated 4.7/5 stars.

May 21

If you’ve never heard of Wyze, you must be new around here. We loved them as a budget-friendly camera alternative to the higher-priced Arlo cameras, and the Wyze Sense is a great addition to any smart home. Now, the company is back with the Wyze Bulb, aiming to take down Philips Hue. The Wyze Bulb currently comes in a 4-pack for just $29.99, which is just $7.50 each. Keep reading to learn more.

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RAVPower’s FileHub is a battery-powered 802.11ac router and wireless SD card reader: $45 (Reg. $60)

HooToo-US (99% positive lifetime feedback) via Amazon is offering the RAVPower FileHub Travel Router for $44.99 shipped when you clip the on-page coupon and use the code FC89CT4C at checkout. Normally $60, this is among the best pricing we’ve tracked and is the lowest available. You can use the FileHub to turn Ethernet into 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but it also lets you wirelessly access an SD card or portable hard drive. Should your phone run low on battery, you can even use the built-in battery of FileHub to charge your phone. Rated 4.3/5 stars.

expiredApple’s 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro see some of the biggest price drops yet from $650

6th Avenue Electronics via Google Express is offering Apple’s 11-inch iPad Pro 64GB Wi-Fi for $650.25 shipped when you use the code APPLEMEM19 at checkout. The on-page $34 coupon should auto-clip. Normally $799, this is the lowest that we’ve tracked for Apple’s latest iPad Pro and is the best available. I have the 11-inch iPad Pro personally and absolutely love it. It balances portability with power for the ultimate coffee shop workstation, plus the display is gorgeous for movie watching on airplanes, too.

6th Avenue Electronics is also offering Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro 64GB Wi-Fi for $832.15 shipped when you use the code APPLEMEM19 at checkout. Normally $999, this is also among the best pricing we’ve tracked historically and is the lowest available. With a large 12.9-inch display, this is perfect for those who need the ultimate mobile workstation. You’ll get USB-C, Face ID, and Apple’s latest Pencil, giving you exactly what you need to write papers and sketch your next masterpiece.

Conquer mountains w/ the Mongoose 29-inch billet bike for $149 shipped (Reg. $200)

Walmart is offering the Mongoose 29-inch Men’s Billet Mountain Bike for $149 shipped. For comparison, other 29-inch mountain bikes at Amazon are around $300 and this model generally fetches $200 at Walmart. This bike is perfect for riding around the neighborhood with your family or conquering big mountainside trails. With 21-gears, the Shimano shifters will give you the perfect ratio for any terrain. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

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